Volunteer Relations with Community Farm Connection

06.01.2022 in Volunteer Relations

One of the main goals of the season was to inform the public about Community Harvest’s successful gleaning projects. But in terms of recruiting volunteers to participate, the project has some improvements to make.  Challenges  1. New project: people were a little hesitant to get…

Making a Visible Mission with Community Farm Connection

06.01.2022 in Visibility

The Greater Wenatchee Area has an abundance of agricultural outlets, particularly with regards to tree fruit. In order to engage larger, local agricultural companies, Community Harvest contacted large packing and processing facilities such as Stemilt, Crunch Pack, and Tree Top. A memo was sent to these…

Row Crop Advantage with Community Farm Connection

06.01.2022 in Row Crops

Field Training and Farm Etiquette Every glean includes field training for volunteers and reviewing farm etiquette, as well as any special harvesting instructions from the farmer. (*Note: all gleaning coordinators should check with the farmer for special instructions on harvesting crops.)  The success of a gleaning…

Market Recovery Case Study with Community Farm Connection

06.01.2022 in Market Recovery

The first attempt to recover produce from the Thursday night Chelan Farmers’ Market yielded mixed results. The Farmers Market Manager was enthusiastic about gleaning produce, and also allowed the use of the Farmers Market information table for Community Harvest materials. A donation box was set…

History of Community Farm Connection

06.01.2022 in History

Community Farm Connection (CFC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to supporting small farmers and improving consumer access to locally grown food. CFC supports sustainable agriculture, small diversified farms, and local communities by bringing farmers new opportunities to get their bounty to the consumer. Working…

Lay of the Land with Community Farm Connection

06.01.2022 in General Resources

In order to effectively start a gleaning project, a VISTA needs to familiarize themselves with the regional hunger relief agencies and the existing food and distribution systems in the communities served. This was accomplished by conducting a regional food bank survey which included questions addressing the…

Creating & Managing Donor Relations with Community Farm Connection

06.01.2022 in Donor Relations

Donor Establishment Process The gleaning coordinator identified local farms that might be interested through either prior affiliation or expressed interest by the donor. (a) Often a tri-fold explaining what Community Harvest does along with some frequently asked questions was mailed or emailed to potential donors. (b) When possible, face-to-face contact was made to…

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